The Mediterranean diet, active lifestyle, climate and location make Valencia the healthiest city in the world to live in according to a study by the price comparison website “Money”. The report was based on factors such as life expectancy, cost of being healthy, air pollution, obesity rates, safety and hours of sunlight, with Spain scoring highest as a country and Valencia as a city.
Its low levels of pollution
Its location and the sea breeze allow the city air to have low pollution levels compared to other Spanish cities. In addition, its high number of green areas helps to maintain good air quality. These areas, starting with the old riverbed Túria, now converted into its main urban garden, and ending with the new Parque Central, make up the fundamental green lungs of the capital of the Valencian Community. Additionally, it is a pioneer in measuring the carbon footprint of tourism activity.
Its climate and the hours of sunlight
In addition to its location and the sea breeze, Valencia offers one of the most beautiful lights in the Spanish geography. The sun and the climate of Valencia are responsible for placing it on the podium of the healthiest cities in the world. The report highlights its climate which, neither too hot nor too dry, invites people to go out, socialize and practice physical activity, which in turn facilitates the absorption of the vital vitamin D.
Its relaxed lifestyle
Along with all the natural areas it has, Valencia is committed to a musical and cultural heritage that encourages social interaction and a relaxed lifestyle, where museums and theatres play a significant role. Spaces such as the Centro Cultural del Carmen or the Fundación Bancaja offer free exhibitions, while rooms such as the Fábrica del Hielo and the Casa del Mar encourage people to enjoy music in front of the sea.
Its gastronomy and its connection with the ‘horta’
The study highlights the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and the consumption of fresh produce. And, in fact, Valencia has the Huerta, where tiger nuts, orange trees and all kinds of vegetables are grown, and the Albufera, as the main source of rice. “Money” also highlights the paella for its excellent nutritional value and fish as a source of omega-3.
Its high life expectancy
In short, the Mediterranean diet has been associated with a lower risk of dementia, obesity, heart disease and cancer, which places Valencia in third place among cities with the longest life expectancy in the world. Furthermore, Spain’s public health system is free and universal and has an average cost of living, which is lower than in other cities studied.